5: The End of the World: Flying Paper

5: The End of the World: Flying Paper

Is anybody here?
I don’t know if I’m the only one left…
I’m thinking about what I’d need at the end of the world. Oh… is it too late?
I think I need a getaway vehicle – a way to get off of the earth! And since I’m light as a feather now, I’ll try this first:

Folding Triplet Paper Airplane

I like this paper airplane, because I haven’t seen it before. And it is pretty simple to fold.
Or maybe a kite would be better? I can catch the wind and float around. Check out this amazing film trailer that I just discovered, called … Flying Paper. The film, by Nitin Sawhney, is an uplifting story of Palestinian youth in Gaza on a quest to shater the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. These children are definitely flying high, in more ways than one!
Hey, guess what? There is a kite project in Playing With Paper. Scott Skinner is an amazing kite maker (and former air force pilot instructor) who shares how to make this traditional Sode Kite. Scott is also the president of The Drachen Foundation. Believe it or not, there is a foundation dedicated to all things kite!

Sode Kite, by Scott Skinner

That gorgeous itajame paper is hand dyed by Susan Kristoferson.
Here’s one more kite project that Scott Skinner worked on, in collaboration with Hand Papermaking Magazine and artist Lesley Dill:

Divide Light, by Lesley Dill

Read more about that project here.
And since I’m nothing but dust now, I think I’ll make a wish.
Have you seen Flying Wish Paper? It is a Portland, Oregon original. You write a wish on a piece of paper (it looks like a square of colored tissue paper, but maybe there is some other secret ingredient… ).
Flying Wish Paper
Then you light it with a match and watch it fly. We just tried it here at home:

Where there is an end, there is also a beginning! Make a wish …
What is your wish? Any wish? In all seriousness, I’m working on a new installation called The Wish, and I’m collecting wishes. Please share it by e-mailing or leaving me a comment below. ______________________________________________________________________
About the 25 Days of Paper: In celebration fo the publication of my new book, Playing With Paper (in stores January 1, 2013) I’m going to be a crazy blogger in December, featuring cool paper products, projects, blogs, books, or papers each day. Join in the fun by reading along! I’ll also post links on my FaceBook page. Enjoy the season!

1 Comment

  1. Claude Aimée says:

    My wish for ypur installation: Always feel the flame of Joy burning inside me.
    My wish for you:
    A very merry Christmas surrounded by your loved ones and a Happy New Year!